POLAND: Fight against designer drugs. Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski signed a Bill on 9 November which puts a total ban on the production and sale of designer drugs ('legal highs') in Poland


POLAND: Fight against designer drugs. Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski signed a Bill on 9 November which puts a total ban on the production and sale of designer drugs ('legal highs') in Poland. It grants sanitation authorities the right to examine all suspicious substances at the producer's cost, allows for closing suspicious shops and plants and imposing fines ranging from €5,000 to €250,000. The legislation was passed in an emergency, fast-track procedure following the series of widely reported cases of death from an alleged overdose.

The President signed the new bill despite doubts as to the constitutionality of the legislation voiced by experts and some NGOs. One of them, the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights, wrote an open letter in which it expressed reservations about the way in which the legislation was passed, vague definition of designer drugs as well as the implementation of penal sanctions for breaking the prohibition on the sale of designer drugs. Sources: President Signs Government's Anti-drug Bill into Law (The Warsaw Voice, link); Human rights organisation slams anti-designer drug law (the News, link)

 

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